CLICK ON "Prime Notes" ^ (LINE ABOVE) to be taken to the GoFundMe page for Sebastian and Gabriel Manoy.
MANY THANKS for your donations for the Silver Lake & Perry Thanksgiving Meal. They were delivered Wednesday. Complete details just as soon as they are received.
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY begins this Thursday, Nov. 25, but not all will have four days off!
DEC. 13 AT 7PM - PERRY COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT -- Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM Perry First United Methodist Church, 35 Covington in Perry, NY.
EPWORTH HALL received a grant earlier this Fall to tear up the warn-out floor and refinish the original wood floor. To do this, SLI has been awarded $40,000 from the Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization Grant Program including a generous grant from the National Park Service Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Fund and is a partnership between the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Landmark Society of WNY. Now, early in this month of November 2021, Epworth Hall has been recognized by the Landmark Society of WNY as the only one this year from the GLOW Counties region to make the "Five to Revive" List. This recognition has often helped in the obtaining of grants while also calling to the public's attention, another worthy historic site to visit and enjoy.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Covid-19 -GLOW Counties Update:
New coronavirus-related deaths reported in Wyoming, Livingston

Area health departments are continuing to warn of COVID-19’s dangers as new deaths are reported in the GLOW region. The Livingston County Department of Health reported four COVID-19 related deaths among county residents this week. Another death was also reported in Wyoming County.

“This week was a sobering reminder that COVID-19 is very much still with us and still spreading,” County Administrator Ian Coyle said in a statement.

Wyoming County has had a 10.9% positivity rate over the last seven days, far above the statewide totals,” Wyoming County officials said in their own update issued Wednesday. “For unvaccinated adults, the pandemic remains a daily threat, and a personal choice to stay unvaccinated will continue to put you and those around you at risk.”

The state Department of Health was reporting 75 COVID-19-related deaths among Livingston County residents. The state data is compiled through the Health Electronic Response Data System, or HERDS, which is a state Department of Health source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported from hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities.

“We offer our deepest condolences to all those who have lost family members, friends and loved ones during this difficult time,” Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez said in a statement. “We encourage our residents to remain vigilant as we are in the mdist of the holidays, the flu season and the colder winter months when people gather indoors more often,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez asked people to consider getting a COVID-19 vaccination if they have not done so, including those who are eligible for booster doses or have children eligible for pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

“A major benefit of the COVID-19 vaccine is that it significantly decreases the likelihood of hospitalization and severe illness related to the virus,” Rodriguez said. County officials said that while cases are still climbing, Livingston County is not considering mandates related to masks or vaccines.

“The county remains committed to serving the public’s needs as it relates to this pandemic response. This entails testing, vaccine distribution and marketing, reporting of cases, partnerships with schools both K-12 and higher education, and the promotion and deployment of pediatric and booster vaccine clinics,” Coyle said. “This is all done in a pro-public health and transparent fashion with best-in-class service from our amazing staff.”

Coyle also said that the county’s response “entails speaking directly and honestly to a very weary public about the virus.”

“This is a powerful, easily transmittable and deadly virus, and this is the season where spikes and surges will occur,” Coyle said. The county administrator said the regional hospital system is already seeing affects related to capacity.

“Both unvaccinated and vaccinated people can get, spread and die from the virus — however, it does tend to prey more heavily on the unvaccinated in terms of impact and the overall count of hospitalizations,” Coyle said. He urged people to protect themselves and their family.

“Mask up when and where appropriate, and stay home and isolate if you are experiencing symptoms,” he said. “Responsible, community-minded citizenship will go a long way to improving outcomes.”

Both Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments were closed on Thursday and Friday. Therefore, COVID-19 data wasn’t reported out on Thursday but will be updated on Monday.

Here’s a county-by-county look at the most recent data:

24.5° at 9 am, 26° at 11 am Saturday:
Visual Snow Report
Knowing Grins About Black Friday

Friday, November 26, 2021

About 400 Participate in Thanksgiving Fundraiser:
On the run again: CF Turkey Trot returns in Village of Wyoming

It was good to be back.

Runners crowded at the start line Thursday for the annual CF Turkey Trot. After a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” they charged down Maple Street over a course which would take them three miles through the village.

“We’re so glad to be here in person this year,” said organizer Carrie Bartholomew. “It’s nice to see everyone and see their faces, and everyone who has been here for nine years now. It’s been great to see all the familiar faces.”

The annual 5k race is sponsored by CF Team Natalie, which is named for Natalie Bartholomew — Carrie and Wayne Bartholomew’s 9-year-old daughter, who lives with the disease herself. All of the race’s proceeds go to help cystic fibrosis charities.

Last year’s CF Turkey Trot was a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this year the race was in-person again. As typical, the event attracted about 400 people.

“It’s on-par, so we did pretty well,” Carrie Bartholomew said. “Some of those chose to stay virtual, whether they were from out of town or they just were more comfortable running on their own away from the crowd. But altogether it’s a pretty decent crowd and we’re happy with the results.”

Besides runners, the race also includes numerous walkers.

Race Results:      
                              By MATT SURTEL -
Found Hidden in Sport Utility Vehicle:
5.874 kilos of cocaine seized in Wyoming County traffic stop

Wyoming County sheriff’s investigators seized more than five kilograms of cocaine during a traffic stop in Sheldon Monday, in one of the largest seizures in county history. Sgt. Colin Reagan was on patrol when he stopped a 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander for traffic violations on Route 20A, investigators said.

Reagan interviewed the driver and obtained consent to search the vehicle. Packages of cocaine were found concealed in two backpacks in the vehicle’s rear storage compartment, while two more were found in the upright portion of the driver seat, Reagan said.

The vehicle was seized, while Rodriguez Rosario and all evidence were transported to the Sheriff’s Office for processing. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted with drug testing and background investigation. Investigators said the substance was confirmed to be cocaine.

In all, the cocaine weighed 5.874 kilograms, with a value of more than $225,000.

The driver, Manuel J. Rodriguez-Rosario, 32, of Jamestown was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A1 felony and the most severe drug charge under state penal law. Rodriguez-Rosario also was charged with operating as a major drug trafficker, also an A1 felony, failure to keep right and driver’s view obstructed.

He was arraigned and committed to Wyoming County Jail without bail.
Silver Lake Snow Report Updated
MID AFTERNOON on Friday (2:55 pm), the day after Thanksgiving 2021 with snow in the forecast.
LATE AFTERNOON on Friday (4:58 pm), no noticable change; temperature at 28°.


Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Rain on Thanksging, High 43;
Some Form of Snow Friday to Wednesday; 
Highs: Freezing_

WNY and Finger Lakes Higher than Downstate:
No new mandates planned in Genesee or Orleans counties

Genesee and Orleans counties' officials said Tuesday they will not
create any new mask or vaccine mandates, while calling on the state to do more to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, particularly among school-age children.

“We believe new mandates will only push residents into private settings where spread will still continue but local businesses will suffer,” said the statement from Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Rochelle M. Stein, Orleans County Legislature Chairwoman Lynne M. Johnson, Genesee County Manager L. Matthew Landers, Orleans County Chief Administrative Officer John C. Welch Jr., and Genesee and Orleans Counties Public Health Director Paul A. Pettit.

“For almost two years, businesses across the region have taken various measures to protect their workplaces,” the statement said, “and we trust them to do the same at this time.”

The statement, issued after 5 p.m. Tuesday, came as the four-county GLOW region continues to be among counties with the highest positivity rates in New York State. Only six of the state’s 62 counties have a seven-day positivity rate higher than Orleans County’s rate of 10.9% as of Monday, according to data from the state Department of Health.

Wyoming and Livingston counties had seven-day positivity rates of 10.5%, while Genesee County was at 9.9%, according to the most recent available state data.

Erie County, with a seven-day positivity rate of 9.4% instituted a mask mandate that took effect Tuesday. The local emergency order requires staff, guests and patrons at all indoor public locations to wear a mask or face covering. Masks are strongly recommended for all other non-public work settings if social distancing cannot be maintained, according to the order. Statewide, the seven-day positivity rate was 3.81%.

Western New York, which includes Erie County, and the Finger Lakes region, which includes Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties, have had the highest COVID-19 positivity rates in the state for three consecutive days. As of Monday, Western New York was the highest at 9.72%, while the Finger Lakes region was second at 8.57%.

“We recognize and are concerned about rising infection and hospitalization rates, which is why we continue to strongly encourage our businesses and residents to continue to follow CDC recommendations and mitigation strategies,” the statement said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting vaccinated, including booster shots, wearing masks and practice social distancing. The statement also included a demand for the state “to provide greater testing resources for our schools and community as [sic] a while, both for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.”

“This is important as those we can identify as COVID-19 positive can be quickly isolated to help prevent spread,” the statement said. “Local governments alone cannot be expected to find and procure all of the test kits needed between the school and community needs.”

The GLOW region reported more than 100 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday. Those include 39 cases in Genesee, 31 in Livingston, 23 in Orleans and 21 in Wyoming. Neighboring Erie County recorded 599 new cases on Monday, while Monroe reported 322 and Niagara 184, according to the state health department.

Data reported by local health departments had 1,107 active COVID-19 cases in the GLOW as of Tuesday. Genesee County had the most active cases, at 396, while Livingston County was close behind with 393. Orleans County had 237 active cases, and Wyoming County 81.

Within the Finger Lakes region, 372 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 87 in intensive care units. In Western New York, 411 hospitalized, including 79 in ICU. Genesee and Orleans county officials urged those who become infected and those who are symptomatic to “immediately isolate.”
Native Was Killed in Combat During Service to Country:
Honoring a Pembroke native: Stretch of highway dedicated to Clarence,
“C. Jay” Hall for Bravery in Vietnam
Standing on Route 77 by the Pembroke High School, community members gathered Tuesday to honor Clarence “C. Jay” Hall. Part of the highway between Pembroke Town Park and the intersection with Indian Falls Road was dedicated to Hall, while a sign by the high school and cemetery reads “SP4 C. Jay Hall Memorial Highway.”

A Pembroke native, Hall was an Army rifleman who was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. He was mortally wounded on Oct. 7, 1969 at the age of 20, during an attack by enemy forces in Binh Duong, Vietnam. Hall had exposed himself to hostile fire with complete disregard for his personal safety while his comrades were able to obtain cover. “The story of C. Jay Hall’s sacrifice and bravery in the face of danger encapsulates the selfless spirit of our service members,” said Assemblyman Steve Hawley.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Hall of Pembroke, Hall earned the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Silver Star, which is the nation’s third highest award for valor.

“I’ve always been proud of my brother. He was my best friend,” said Sandra Hall, younger sister of C. Jay Hall, pictured seated above.

The Veterans Outreach Club at Pembroke got the ball rolling to get the highway dedicated to Hall. Pembroke 2019 graduate Megan Stiles was the leading the initiative — she did presentations and got letters of support from the Corfu Village Board, the Pembroke Town Board, the Genesee County Legislature, and the Pembroke school board.
Former teacher allegedly had 50,000 child pornography files; investigators seek public’s help for case information 
A Batavia man who worked at three area school districts is facing up to 30 years in prison after he was found to possess about 50,000 images and videos of child pornography.

Derek R. Hagen, 29, was most recently a teacher at Dansville Central School in Livingston County. He has also taught or been a substitute teacher at the Batavia City School District, Pembroke Central School, and the Brockport Childhood Development Center.

He has been charged with producing, receiving, distributing, and possessing child pornography. The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 30 years.

The investigation began in September 2020 after Snapchat sent a cybertip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a user who had uploaded child pornography images to a group chat, according to federal prosecutors. After tracing the user to Western New York, the NCMEC alerted the state police, who subsequently identified Hagen the defendant.

Investigators confiscated two computers and a cell phone from Hagen’s apartment in Mount Morris this past July. A forensic analysis allegedly uncovered a pattern of child exploitation activity on the devices with the defendant actively producing and distributing child pornography in online chats.

During the chats, Hagen and the other individuals traded child pornography and discussed specific children that they had sexually abused or wanted to sexually abuse, federal prosecutors said. To date, analysts have allegedly recovered approximately 50,000 of images and videos of child pornography on Hagen’s devices.

The arrest is the result of an investigation by state police, Homeland Security Investigations, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This week’s arrest is the most recent of three involving the ongoing Hagen investigation.

Hagen was arrested separately in Livingston and Genesee counties this past summer. Mount Morris and state police executed a search warrant at Hagen’s home in July in connection with the cybertips.

Dansville Central School was also made aware of the situation in July and was assisting the investigation. Troopers at the time said there was no indication that any Dansville students were involved.

Hagen was employed by the district during the 2020-21 school year as a substitute for remedial teaching, English for speakers of other languages and the district’s summer school clinic. He no longer works at the district.

He originally is from Genesee County and is a graduate of Pembroke High School. Members of the public who have information related to this case are asked to contact Homeland Security Investigations at (716) 464-6070 or

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Silver Lake Remains Free of Snow,
But Now with some Great Sunshine
I just had to post at least one nice shot of the intermittant sunshine even with a temperature of 32° at 1:12 pm.
Live Cam Courtesy of Silver Lake Institute
Overnight Flurries Leave No Accumulation for Silver Lake
This still shot from the Live Cam gives evidence that Silver Lake has dodged the first winter bullet of the season--at least for this first day.
Live Cam provided by the Silver Lake Institute
Hahn raped children in Attica and Town of Alabama:
Appeal Denied, Court upholds conviction, sentence in child rape case

A man who was denied youthful offender status and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping two children had his appeal denied by a state appeals court Friday. The state Appellate Division, Fourth Depart-ment unanimously upheld the 2017 conviction and sentencing for Leonard E. Hahn IV.

Hahn, who is now 22, was convicted in 2017 of raping two children under 11 years old while in the town of Alabama and in Attica in 2016. He was sentenced to concurrent 10-year terms in both Wyoming and Genesee counties, along with 20 years of post-release supervision.

Hahn appealed, claiming that his waiver of his right to appeal was invalid, that he was not given youthful offender status, even though he was 17 when the crimes happened, and the sentence was “unduly harsh and severe.” The court ruled against all three claims and refused to “exercise our discretion in the interest of justice to grant him” youthful offender status.

Hahn, formerly of Le Roy, was arrested first in Genesee and then again in Wyoming after a second victim came forward. Both victims were acquainted with Hahn. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape and is serving his term at Great Meadow Correctional Facility. He is eligible for parole in 2024.


Monday, November 22, 2021

Live Cam Courtesy Silver Lake Institute
Winds Could Play a Role; Expect Changing Conditions:
Silver Lake borders an area of 1 to 2 inches of snow, or even missing us
Photo Courtesy NWS, Buffalo, NY
Cold with occasional flurries
28° in the Silver Lake basin looking promising for the Community Thanksgiving Service tonight. . . . . . .  Live Cam Courtesy Silver Lake Institute
Snow Showers M,Tu,F; Frozen Mix Th
41 degrees at 1:20 am at Silver Lake. As the temperature drops down into the high 20s, it is expected that the the rain will turn to snow.
UPDATE: Now at 7:58 am at Silver Lake, the temperature stands at 29.4°.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Perry Herald--Thanksgiving Week:
Down Memory Lane 11/11/11
From 17-24 November 2011--Perry Herald. Local veterans visited the grave behind Perry Public Library on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2011 and included: Gary Jurkowski of Perry, Bud Hoffmeister of Castile, Rev. Greg Franklin of Silver Lake, John Miller of Perry, Fred Willis of Perry, Tom Wilson of Gainesville, Richard Blankenship of Perry, Joe Hageman of Perry, Bill Zintel of Silver Springs and Rev. Donald Vogel of Mt. Morris.
Subscribe to the Perry Herald, by enclosing a $49 check payable to LS Press for a year's subscription, sending it to: 7851 State Route 39, Perry, NY 14530. Include the name and address to which it should be mailed. Questions? Call 585-237-6310. Makes a great gift! Gift certificates available!

Saturday, November 20, 2021

COVID-19 Update (November Surge):
Two coronavirus-related deaths reported in Wyoming County; active cases pass 1,000   
Two more COVID-19 related deaths occurred over the past week in Wyoming County as more than 1,000 active cases were reported in the GLOW region. That makes for four such deaths over the past three weeks, according to data from the county’s Health Department. The numbers have officials again advising caution as numbers rise and the holiday season ramps up.

“Wyoming County has had a 9.5 percent positivity rate over the last seven days, far above the statewide totals,” county officials said in a news release issued Thursday. “For unvaccinated adults, the pandemic remains a daily threat, and a personal choice to stay unvaccinated will continue to put you and those around you at risk.

“Unfortunately, large-scale gatherings increase the chances of contracting COVID-19 — especially in light of the virus’ Delta variant,” they continued. “Thanksgiving is just a week away, get all your plans in place to celebrate safely. Remember, get the vaccine if you haven’t, get a booster if you have, wear a mask, stay home if you feel sick and keep practicing social distancing.”

A total of 1,033 active coronavirus cases were reported by county health departments on Thursday, including 345 in Livingston County. That compares to 967 active cases Monday and 829 active cases less than a week before on Nov. 12.

As of Wednesday, Orleans County had the state’s fourth-highest seven day rolling average of positives at 11.3 percent, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. It trailed Washington, Fulton, and Cattaraugus counties, while the statewide average was 3.6 percent.

Here’s a county-by-county look at the most recent data:

Wyoming County — One hundred and eleven active cases were reported Thursday for a total of 3,980 cases since the pandemic began, according to county data. The number of recoveries is 3,807. There have been 63 deaths.

A total of 21,186 people, or 52.9% of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 19,627. The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 9.32%.

Genesee County — From Monday to Thursday, Genesee County reported 133 new positive cases for a total of 7,872, according to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.The new cases are from ALL age groups. There are 298 active cases, out of which nine are hospitalized. There are 159 new recoveries for a total of 6,922. Genesee County has reported a total of 142 deaths.

A total of 33,956 people, or 59.0% of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 31,546. The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 11.42%.

Orleans County — From Monday to Thursday, Orleans County reported 116 new cases for a total of 5,205 positive cases. The new cases are in all age categories except the 80s. There are 279 active cases, out of which four are hospitalized. There are 91 new recoveries for a total of 4,483. Orleans County has had 93 total deaths.

A total of 22,043 people, or 54.3% of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 20,458. The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 13.27%.

■ Livingston County — As of Friday, Livingston County had 345 active cases, according to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard. A total of 6,891 cases had been reported since the pandemic began, along with 6,489 recoveries. There have been 72 deaths, according to the state health department. The county’s COVID tracker reports 55 deaths.

A total of 37,256 people, or 58.9% of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 34,751. A total of 66.5% of the county’s population of those at least 18 years old had been vaccinated. The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 13.59%.
(DN News Editor Matt Surtel contributed to this story.)
Snowmobile safety course set for Letchworth from ages 10 to 18

LETCHWORTH STATE PARK POLICE will conduct a snowmobile safety course on Dec. 4. The course will take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Letchworth State Park’s Humphrey Nature Center. The course is aimed for young people 10 to 18 years old. Students should bring a bag lunch for the courses.

New York State law requires that all youth ages 10 to 18 have a snowmobile safety certificate to operate a snowmobile alone anywhere other than on family owned or leased land. Youth who complete the training and pass the exam will receive their certification.

Pre-registration is required. Call state Park Police at (585) 658-4692 to register for the course. Space will be limited so it’s recommended people call early.

Friday, November 19, 2021

3-5 Inch Advisory Brings Only Flurries:
Silver Lake Bypassed by Latest Snow
For those living year-round in Lake cottages, this is good news which they would not mind having repeated on a regular basis.
Courtesy of Silver Lake Institute
Wyoming County, Southern Erie:
Winter Advisory: Lake Effect Snow

National Weather Service Buffalo NY
805 PM EST Thu Nov 18 2021

Wyoming-Southern Erie-
Including the cities of Warsaw, Orchard Park, and Springville
805 PM EST Thu Nov 18 2021


* WHAT...Lake effect snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches in the most persistent lake snows. The majority of the snow will occur tonight inland across the Boston Hills and the higher terrain of Wyoming county.

* WHERE...Wyoming and Southern Erie counties.

* WHEN...From 7 PM this evening to 1 PM EST Friday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on snow covered and slippery road conditions and poor visibility at times. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute Friday.


Lake effect snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.

Courtesy of the Silver Lake Marine and its Silver Lake Weather Station

Thursday, November 18, 2021

By DN's Kate Lisa
Infrastructure pkg. promises $27B for NY, including $100M for broadband

New York will receive at least $27 billion to resuscitate its aging infrastructure, and millions of dollars to bridge the digital divide plaguing upstate, rural communities and low-income New Yorkers as part of the federal infrastructure package signed into law this week, officials said Wednesday.

The historic $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law Monday afternoon by President Joe Biden, is the largest such federal investment in decades — and ever, in some sectors.

Gov. Kathy Hochul, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, Rep. Brian Higgins and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer attended the signing of the legislation providing a landmark investment in airports, roads, connecting local workers to good-paying jobs, improving water and sewage systems and making high-speed internet affordable and available in every urban, suburban and rural community.

“They are impacting people’s daily lives,” Gillibrand said. “They are the roads people drive to work and the bridges they cross on their way to school.”

By DN's Brian Quinn:
Community members ask town of Batavia to allow cannabis dispensaries

Two advocates for regulated, legal cannabis markets stepped forward to speak to town leaders during Wednesday’s public hearing. The hearing was about whether the town should opt out of allowing cannabis retail dispensaries and on-site consumption sites. Board members are considering a local law to opt out, but have not voted on the proposed law.


Kelly March, a mother of three teenagers and property owner in the town, said she is a medical marijuana patient and small business owner. She said she is also a member of NORMAL, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “NORML’s mission is to serve as an advocate for consumers, patients and to (ensure) they have access to high-quality cannabis that is safe, convenient and affordable,” she said. “Now that our state has begun to regulate cannabis commerce, these local businesses will have to come into compliance with the New York state law in order to successfully apply and keep licenses here in our state issued under the New York state new cannabis law.”

That means, in order for them to keep their license, the businesses which dispense marijuana will have to show compliance and implement the new policies and procedures for checking ID at every sale, March said. They will have to keep track of inventory to prevent diversion or inversion and ensure all facilities are secured and monitored along with everything else a regular business needs to do to keep its license and permits, she said, adding the legal market will be regulated and have mandatory safeguards like ID checking. It will be the main, driving force in reducing the legacy market size.

“When you opt out, you’re not making our community safer, you’re actually making it easier for children to purchase illicit cannabis and enabling the legal market diversion and inversion to a legacy market,” March said. “You’re effectively giving the legacy market license to continue operating and serving its residents of the community. If there is no legal market to compete with the legacy market, it will flourish as it is flourishing already.”

These safeguards will exist in the regulated industry, but are not present in the legacy, or underground, market, March said. By banning the retail establishments, the town will increase cannabis use by youth, she said.

Nights Alternating Between Frozen Mix and Snow Showers:
Silver Lake will be Slightly Warmer During the Day Thursday with Rain; Nights Return to Nov. Weather in 30s
"Over the River and through the Woods to Grandmother's house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through white and drifted snow..." Old beloved Thanksgiving Family Song reminding us that Thanksgiving is one week from today.


Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.


Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.


"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.


Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit

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